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Add a Sleep Timer to Windows 7 Media Center

Do you make it a habit of falling asleep at night while watching Windows Media Center? Today we are going to take a look at the MC7 Sleep Timer for Windows 7 Media Center. This simple little plugin allows you to schedule an automatic shutdown time in Media Center.

Note: At this point MC7 Sleep Timer doesn’t work with extenders. If you’re using ClamAV or Panda it may detect this plugin as a virus, we’ve tested it and this is a false positive for these two antivirus apps.

Installation and Usage

Download and install MC7 Sleep Timer. (See download below)

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After the installation is finished, you will find MC7 Sleep Timer located in the Media Center Extras Library. Click on the tile to open the timer and configure your settings.

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The MC7 Sleep Timer will open in full screen mode. You can choose to shutdown the PC after 30 or 60 minutes, create a custom length shutdown timer at any 5 minute interval, or select the exact time you want the PC to shutdown.  After setting your PC to shutdown, you’ll get an audio confirmation.

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To set a custom timer length, scroll to the “Custom timer” option and click right or left on your Media Center remote or, the right or left arrow keys, to choose how many minutes before shutdown.

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To schedule a shutdown for a certain time, browse to the “Shutdown at time” button, and scroll right or left with the arrow keys on the keyboard or remote. When you’ve chosen your time, hit “Enter” on the keyboard or “OK” on the remote.

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Clicking the “Monitor Off” button will turn off only the monitor and “Cancel Timer” will cancel your shutdown request.

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Conclusion

If you often find yourself falling asleep every night watching Media Center and then fumbling and stumbling in the middle of the night to shutdown your computer, MC7 Sleep timer might just be a perfect addition to your Media Center setup.

Download MC7 Sleep Timer

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 03/9/10

Comments (6)

  1. Eric

    Is there a way to set a timer to just shut off the monitor? I want the audio to continue playing but keep the monitor off…

  2. Keith Brandenburg

    I have developed a program I call KTimer. It has a nice GUI to it and everything so it is very easy to use. It’s features include:

    A on-screen LED style countdown timer

    Shutdown, sleep, hibernate capabilities for windows vista/7

    I believe this program is only supported on windows vista/7.

    I could add pretty much any capability to the program already so before it is released I would like to know what additional features will be requested. Please send me an e-mail at jhonnycage828 at aol.com everyone and let me know what you think…

  3. Keith Brandenburg

    Update: Program is finished and it works on just about any windows platform as far as I have tested. It also saves your configurations so you don’t have to redo the settings everytime you turn it on. The current releases will always be at http://ktimer.codeplex.com/

  4. hendry

    Thank’s.

  5. Tarcie

    I have an all-in-one pc. When I use the ‘monitor off’ option, the sleep timer also kills the audio. When I just listen to music in Media Center I would like the monitor to shut down, but keep the audio going.

  6. Johan

    I tried running it on Vista and the Shutdown in 30 minutes and Shutdown in 60 minutes options works fine but not the Custom or Shutdown at time. Any chance of having these two latter work in Vista?… It’s a great little add-on, by the way :)

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